PLC Programming Fundamentals – ONS Instruction

Vladimir Romanov
July 20, 2018
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The ONS, also known as the One Shot, instruction will allow the rung to execute once if the data leading to it is true. The instruction will not let the rung to evaluate again until the input is set back to LOW and then HIGH. The One Shot instruction is extremely useful when you need to execute a certain instruction once. A common example would be saving initial parameters of a process when it’s initialized. The ONS is found on the input side of a ladder logic rung structure.

Example & Usage of ONS

Here’s a real-world scenario of an ONS instruction:

  1. A Micrologix 1100 Allen Bradley PLC is used to control a process.
  2. The F8:0 register is used to read the temperature of the process.
  3. The F8:1 register is used to store the initial temperature of the process.
  4. A “Process Running” status is tied to I:0/0
  5. An ONS instruction is built using the B3:0/0 bit.
  6. The process is started and I:0/0 bit is set to HIGH.
  7. The ONS allows the MOV instruction to execute.
  8. The MOV instruction moves the contents of the F8:0 register to the F8:1 register.
  9. While the process is running, the MOV does not execute.

Programming example in RSLogix 500:

ONS One Shot Instruction RSLogix 500

The ONS instruction allows a single transfer of temperature when the process is initialized. Without an ONS, the temperature would keep transferring continuously.

Data Types Allowed for ONS

The ONS instruction will work with the following data types within the RSLogix 500 environment:

  • Boolean – The ONS does not evaluate the bit tied to it but does require a Boolean to work with.

Important Notes

  • Note 1 – The ONS instruction requires a non-input boolean bit to function. This bit should not be used anywhere else in the program.
  • Note 2 – The ONS instruction should only be used in cases where an instantaneous execution is required. It should not be used in conjunction with OTL and OTU instructions to create loops which could be avoided and simplified through simpler instructions.

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